Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Having run out of family, friends & acquaintances, I have resorted to passing courgettes to total strangers.

This worked pretty well - the basket on the front wall was all but empty after a couple of hours - even the huge courgettes, verging on the marrow size.

At the Hill, the runner beans have finally kicked in & I may actually have got the quantities right this year (about 12 plants, for future ref) - which is giving me a steady, but not overwhelming, quantity.

Unlike the french beans, which have been disappointingly stringy, they melt in your mouth - consequently, I'm leaving the french beans for drying, & scoffing the runners at every opportunity. It's worth waiting for 10 months of the year in order to get this taste!


  1. ha ha ha
    Not laughing at you but with you - you should have seen how much courgette I took to Ann's this evening, and then there was the armful given to neighbours at the weekend, and then ....etc, etc.,

    ... and then there is the resolution not to grow so many of the b*ggers next year.

  2. Ah yes, the curse of the courgette ..... Every year except this one, when I was in the throes of neglecting and almost giving up the allotment, having to sidle up to strangers and attempt to smuggle a courgette or five, unseen, into their bag. The upside of the neglect is the total absence of courgettes - hurrah! I still have two in the fridge though - bought ones. Feels criminal, really.

  3. cripes that's a basketful.
    Enjoy the runner beans. Mine are coming to an end now but it's been a great summer for them. Shame about the dwarf beans as they're so simple to grow. I've just used some of mine in piccalilli and they were a fab addition. Hope for your tough ones perhaps?

  4. Ha! I even took a big courgette on holiday. Strangely it never got eaten (but it had a lovely time! so I didn't get rid of any of the glut. I daren't go to the allotment - I shall have at leat 3 marrows. Fortunately I love stuffed marrow!

  5. It is always difficult to know to do with the courgette glut. I usually run out of ideas after a couple of weeks.

  6. I heard someone in the USA say that you don't worry about your car getting stolen if you accidentally leave it unlocked. You worry about someone filling it with courgettes!

  7. Plum was going to put our 3 30" by 12" courgettes in front of Haydn on the judging table but she couldn't carry them there!

  8. Plum was going to put our 3 30" by 12" courgettes in front of Haydn on the judging table but she couldn't carry them there!

  9. Thanks for your comments all - how to arrive at the ideal number of 3 courgette plants (no more, no less) is a surprisingly difficult task, isn't it? I make the same resolution as you, Bilbo - bets on whether it'll work next year?

    I love the idea of 'planting' courgettes onto the unsuspecting, Rachel - sort of reverse pick-pocketing. It pains me that you've had to part with money to have some in your fridge.

    Late runners are the upside of having all the seedlings eaten in April and having to start again with another batch, Nic! I'm reluctant to put time & effort into pickle/chutney with the french beans in case I end up with stringy pickle! You have reminded me that I need to make at least a little runner bean pickle, though, or my brother-in-law will never speak to me again.

    Globe trotting courgette, Flum! Nic's courgette pasta is to be recommended - although I chucked some chorizo sausage into tonight's portion to give it some extra zip.

    I've had to admit defeat this year, Rumpleteazer, hence the give-aways basket...

    I bet you could fit loads of courgettes in those stationwagons in the States, Matron!

    There was one entry of rather well endowed courgettes in the Show, B&P - so you wouldn't have been alone!

  10. Oooooh, what a great website! There's so much interesting stuff in here, so glad I found it!

  11. Well, thank you, Croila - feel free to have a wander!


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